Lawrie, 44, tees up in the Commercial Bank Qatar Masters, which starts today, aiming to become the oldest man to retain a European Tour title, at a tournament he has won twice. Organisers have brought the event forward by a day in an attempt to entice bigger crowds, as Sunday is a normal business day in Arab countries.
Lawrie's first victory in Doha in 1999 was followed by success at The Open later in a year that also marked his first Ryder Cup appearance. Winning a shortened event last year led to him moving into the top 50 of the official world rankings for the first time in eight years.
The Aberdonian went on to earn a place in Jose-Maria Olazabal's Medinah Ryder Cup team following a second victory in 2012 in the Johnnie Walker Championship at Gleneagles.
While he is hoping to become the first triple winner in the Qatari capital, he admits to holding a longer-term ambition of following in McGinlay's footsteps.
"If I qualify for the Seve Trophy, I would look seriously at competing, especially as it has Seve's name next to it," Lawrie said. "I've always played in it when I've qualified and, if I was asked to be a playing captain, then yes, why not? I would need to be asked first, though, so we will have to wait and see.